Returning after a long time... with some prayer requests!!

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Registered: 07-23-2007
Returning after a long time... with some prayer requests!!
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 11:50am

Hi all! I haven't been here is soooo long, I don't know how many of you remember me.

A little bit about me, I have a wonderful DH and two great boys. Jake is 9 (almost 10!) and Jonah is 7. I work sort of part time (I work four 8 hr days and then come in sometimes on my day off) and recently I've been bringing some extra work home with me. I feel like with me working exta and the kids' sports, church, other activites we're always on the go! Last night we had a "do nothing but hang with family night" which was really nice, but won't be having a lot of those I don't think . that is causing me some anxiety. But we need the extra money I'm bringing in.

I've been feeling just out of it lately. I don't feel as close to God as I'd like. I'm reading my bible, praying, goign to church, all those things and yet he seems far away. I'm not sure what I need to do.

We've had several unexpected expenses come up (car repair, DH got hit and our car was totaled-- he was fine, PTL!) we were getting our finances in order with the Dave Ramsey program and then just got knocked off. I know and believe that God will provide for us and the finances part doens't have me all that worried. What I'm struggling with is how much we should be trying to plan and how to let God handle stuff without just being lazy.... does that make sense?

We are also planning on moving in the spring, to a different area with a better school system. So I have that kind of looming in the background. I want to plan things out so that goes smoothly, but feel guilty planning... should I leave that to God?

Any advise or just plain prayers would be so greatly appreciated!!!

Hoping to jump back into posting around here too. I miss the commraderie (did I spell tht right?) of this group!!

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Registered: 12-06-2006
Welcome back! I'm not sure I remember you but I usually hide in LTP most of the time ;) Plus I'm hopeless without the picture siggies as a visual LOL

Sounds like prayers needed .... on everything :) You are certainly not alone in money being tight & having so much on your plate. It's HARD! Praying God directs you to the best schedule & choices to bring peace to it all!

I'm Angie, married 13 years, homeschooling mom to 10yo & 6yo boys, 1.5yo girl & expecting another boy in February.

BTW- if it's been a long time since you've been here IV switched servers & it doesn't always play nice with most web browsers. If you have posting speed problems we've found that using Google Chrome fixes them :)
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Registered: 04-18-2001
Nice to meet you and I'll definitely be praying for you!

I'm wondering if you're not feeling as close to God because you're so busy. That's where I've been lately. It's hard to slow down with family commitments and my little ones (4 yrs and 23 mos) requiring so much supervision - they're all about fighting and back-talk recently *sigh* - but I suspect if I do manage to fill up the days with less stuff to do, my brain won't be so busy thinking about regular life and will align itself with spiritual thoughts. (I also signed up for a few different email devotionals lately to get those thoughts on the mind.)

On the topic of planning, I think life is meant to be a balance of planning for things and seeing what God brings our way. If we didn't plan, we wouldn't be good stewards of our resources and talents. Neither do we want to be control freaks, never paying attention to God's leading. Somewhere in the middle sounds good to me - plan but realise that God might have something different in mind than you do, and His plans definitely are better for us.

Hugs! See you around the board! :)

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Registered: 07-23-2007

Thanks for the encouragement! I do think part of it is being sooo busy! We are trying really hard to make an effort to slow down and "be in the moment" when we can. I am making family snuggle time mandatory :) I have to keep that up for as long as I can... I'm sure Jake will be growing out of it soon!

Becca- what emails have you signed up for? I like that idea. I can check it at work when things get crazy and spent a few minutes praying. Im sure that will help!

I have a siggy somewhere and I'm not sure why it doesn't show up when I sign in. Any thoughts?

Thanks for the prayers and support! Can't wait to get to know more people again! :)

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Looks like you got a siggy to show up. Yay! Nice looking fam!

Let's see, I have the Our Daily Bread devotional (rbc.org) and devotionals plus a daily reading from BibleGateway.com. Not everything is daily but I always have something to read and think about!

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Registered: 10-25-2007

Your screen name looks familiar to me, so I think I have posted with you in the past.


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Registered: 07-23-2007

Yep!! I think we were prayer partners like 4 year ago! I told you it's been a long time

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Registered: 12-30-2007
Hi, Jill! I think i remember you from way back when but in case you don't remember me, I'm Lindy and a homeschooling mom to Elijah and Arabella Grace (6 and 4) I can relate on the Dave Ramsey thing--whenever i've planned a budget and started following the baby steps and all that, something comes up. It's very frustrating but i pray that you guys can get over these new (and hopefully temporary) hurdles. As for most of the rest of your post, i think the other posters have given lots of good tips and stuff so i won't try repeating it all in my own (often times confusing;) ) words

Welcome back!


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Welcome back Jill. I will be praying for you to have a God encounter very soon and that you will never be the same after it. Praying the finances fix themselves with God's help. I will be praying for you guys.

I am Jess, married to Chris. We have 5 kids together, Bailey (g, 12) Morgan (g, 10) Christopher (b, 7) Emily (g, 3) and Madison (g, 1). We live in rural Missouri.